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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Sarah Josepha Hale lobbied for over 20 years to several governors, congressmen, and presidents to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Finally, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as the national holiday of Thanksgiving. Before that, the only national holidays in the U.S. were Independence day and George Washington's birthday. Sarah Josepha Hale also outlined recipes for foods to be eaten on Thanksgiving, including turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes.These foods became traditional rather than the foods that were likely served at the original Thanksgiving (deer, various birds, flint corn, and various types of fish). Oh, and she wrote the famous nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" Thanksgiving Information from:,,, and In 1941 (effective 1942), Congress officially set the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving. This was to fix theissues that were caused when Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to move the holiday to the second to last Thursday in November (to extend time for Christmas shopping and boost the economy) but most states either ignored the change orcelebrated both dates. The top cranberryproducing states areWisconsin, Massachusetts,New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana are the top turkey producing states, providing approx. 2/3 of the turkeys in the U.S. 20% of allcranberries thatare eaten in theU.S. are eaten onThanksgiving. The averageAmerican ateabout 13.3lbsof turkey in 2009 The largest pumpkin pie ever made weighed 2,020 lbs The first Macy's Thanksgiving day parade took place in 1924 in NYC and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Snoopy has more appearances as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade than any other cartoon character. The Detroit Lions first played football on Thanksgiving day in 1934 and have done so ever since (except from 1939-1944). The first televised game was in 1956. "I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land." - Jon Stewart "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never,ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey
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